mous "Mona Lisa" painting, also known as "La Gioconda"
-which refers to Lisa Gherardini, the second wife of a Florentine silk
merchant, Francesco del Giocondo.
Remains of relatives of the woman believed to be the "Mona Lisa" model have been found
Researchers plan to check their DNA against
the DNA of a skeleton found at her burial site
If there is a match, they will reconstruct the
skeleton's face and compare it to the portrait
Yet another step in the journey to to truly understand the LIFE and WORKS of Leonardo.
which mitigate the establishment of that transition. No better perspective of these 'self-serving forces', has been created in his mind, than that proffered by Ralph Steadman in his Art Work; and most particularly his own very particular take on the ...
'Universal Declaration of Human Rights'. As most of you are already aware Leonardo da Vinci provided an early influence, with regard to my study of Art at Grammar School, which has subsequently been very much enforced by Steadman's... own life long appreciation of Leonardo da Vinci.
The recurring theme of humanity in his work also shows up in his passion for other socially relevant causes. In 1994, he illustrated the front and back covers of Amnesty International's Drawing Blood, and in 1998 he did a series of drawings for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, celebrating its 50th anniversary of passing. They even had him write the introduction, wherein he stated:"'I have the right to hold an opinion, express it, celebrate it, broadcast it, live by it, and travel with it anywhere I so desire and what's more convince others, by peaceful means, that they should hold that opinion too.'"That in essence is Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and entombed within it is the right of any artist of any faith, impulse or inclination to express him/herself with unbridled passion and conviction sufficient to bestow upon the world a Pandora's Box of riches or curses we could probably live without."He continues, "Article 19 is obviously a dangerous one amongst twenty nine other equally important human agreements, but it is probably the one article which keeps well hidden within its carefully unbiased structure the undeniable fact that its content releases the power of the individual to be both artist and maniac. The 1948 United Nations Assembly had unwittingly created a monster, an embarrassing loophole, a well-meaning but desperate humanitarian gesture. In their earnest intention to neutralize any future tyranny in the shadow of the recent Holocaust freedom of communication was paramount."…
the years Ian. My own introduction to the spiritual journey up the mountain, was
confirmed for me when I first became aware of the works of Douglas Harding and most particularly
during the time of working my way through his Hierarchy of Heaven and Earth.
elled with me in duty to this haven, that I commend my soul to Him above, duly considering the certainty of death and the comfort it may bring, that they despair not.
For the pattern of life shall continue and man shall learn more as to his welfare and conduct and shall benefit as he may wish from my humble investigations.
But THE greatest bond in life is LOVE , and that should receive a fuller understanding and be the basis of righteousness in all dealings between man and woman. That is the great mystery which can provide the logic for our being in this world, and it is more substantial than the creation of machines or weapons.
Dreams are the passionate release of our souls, and in them is the spirit contained by which we should preserve and fulfill our lives, so that in death we will have acquitted our dues and not been envious of others."
In pace, Io Leonardo…